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'Desperate Housewives' jury 'hopelessly deadlocked' but can't quit

Photo: "Desperate Housewives" stars Nicollette Sheridan, left, and Teri Hatcher vie for the attention of a neighbor. Credit: Peter Hopper Stone / ABCJurors deliberating actress Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful-termination claim against the creator of "Desperate Housewives" said Friday they were "hopelessly deadlocked."

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White told the jury to continue deliberating on Monday.

Sheridan, 48, alleged during the two-week trial that her character on  the ABC prime-time soap was killed in retaliation for a complaint she made accusing creator Marc Cherry of striking her in the head during a rehearsal.

Cherry and his co-defendant, Touchstone Television Production, maintain that he only tapped her on the head to demonstrate a stage direction and had decided to eliminate her character months before.

Sheridan, who earned $4 million a year as well as back-end profits, is seeking economic damages of $5.7 million.

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-- Harriet Ryan

Photo: "Desperate Housewives" stars Nicollette Sheridan, left, and Teri Hatcher vie for the attention of a neighbor. Credit: Peter Hopper Stone / ABC

 
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